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The Home Builders
By (author): Varsha Bajaj Illustrated by: Simona Mulazzani
9780399166853 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (US) to K JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General Feb 12, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 8.88 x 11.25 x 0.37 in 32 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Nancy Paulsen Books
This vibrantly illustrated picture book celebrates a variety of woodland creatures as they make their homes and prepare for their young.

Welcome to a serene woodland where lots of expectant animal parents are in their “nesting” phase—that is, busy preparing safe, cozy homes for their growing families. As they dig, tunnel, gnaw, and gather, they create dens, burrows, lodges, and, of course, nests. Soon the woods are full of new little ones peeping, crawling, romping, and snuggling—and with artwork so gorgeous that it feels like an invitation into the scenery it’s depicting, readers will be eager to join them in their beautiful home.

STRIKING ILLUSTRATIONS: The woodland setting is warm and welcoming, and readers will wish they could take a walk through Simona Mulazzani’s gorgeous paintings.

INCLUDES A VARIETY OF ANIMALS, including owls, deer, foxes, bees, beavers, turtles, eagles, and moles.

FUN FOR FAMILIES ANTICIPATING THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW BABY: Human families will enjoy seeing how different animal species prepare for their own children.

CELEBRATES THE WONDERS OF NATURE: May inspire kids to want to learn more about their favorite animals, and to get out into nature and explore.

Varsha Bajaj also wrote This Is Our Baby, Born Today, a Bank Street Best Book. She grew up in Mumbai, India, and when she came to the United States to obtain her master’s degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. In addition to her previous picture books, she wrote the middle-grade novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She lives in Houston, Texas.

Author Residence: Houston, TX

Author Hometown: Mumbai, India

Simona Mulazzani also illustrated Rock-a-Bye Romp, by Linda Ashman, and has illustrated over one hundred adult and children's books for international publishers, as well. She received silver medals from the Society of Illustrators in 2005 and 2013. She was born in Milan, Italy, and now lives in Pesaro, Italy.

Illustrator Residence: Pesaro, Italy

Illustrator Hometown: Milan, Italy


“The soft, gently repetitive text quickly establishes a soothing message of love and acceptance…. An intimate and celebratory look at the early days of an elephant’s life, and a reminder that human births are pretty special, too.”—PW

“A newborn elephant is celebrated in a timeless manner by its herd and other animals in a wild Indian environment…. Rich vocabulary…sure to delight readers and young listeners.”—SLJ

The soft cadence of the rhyming verses and the joyous pictures of the elephants will make this a bedtime favorite.”—Kirkus


* “Gently funny and eminently reassuring…. Mulazzini’s mixed-media paintings play right into the safe, secure mood. Her softly flowing shapes, subdued palette, and quirky details create the sense of a dreamscape.”—PW STAR

“Soothing, dreamy art.”—SLJ

“Mulazzani’s mixed-media art indulges in delightful decorative details…. A fine addition to the nursery bookshelf for baby and all.”—Kirkus

Ashman and Mulazzani have breathed twenty-first-century life into this well-known lullaby. The bustling mixed-media illustrations give a modern feel…. While there is plenty of action here, the soft pastels and blue-green color scheme give the story a sleepy feel. Touches of patterned paper add visual spark.”—Booklist

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